Happy #WorldTourismDay

Today is World Tourism Day.  In 2016 over 65 million people travelled to Africa. Travel is the 3rd largest export industry in the world after chemicals and fuels.

Some facts:
  • In 2016 1235 million travellers crossed international borders in one single year.
  • By 2030, this 1.2 billion will become 1.8 billion.
The question asked by Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, World Tourism Organization is:
As we celebrate World Tourism Day 2017, is how we can enable this powerful global transformative force, these 1.8 billion opportunities, to contribute to make this world a better place and to advance sustainable development in all its 5 pillars”.
The five pillars of sustainable development are:
1. Economic: yielding inclusive growth;
2. Social: bringing decent jobs and empowering communities;
3. Environmental: preserving and enriching the environment and addressing climate change;
4. Cultural: celebrating and preserving diversity, identity, and tangible and intangible culture, and
5. Peace: as an essential prerequisite for development and progress.
Happy World Tourism Day.

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